ADE Director's Communication Memo Form


Memo Number : FIN-09-053

Date Created : 02/06/2009

Attention:

Superintendents
Co-op Directors
other: District Technology Coordinators

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
   
Section:   Fiscal and Administrative Services - William J. Goff, Assistant Commissioner
Subject:
Expansion of TAC & HAC Projects

Regulatory Authority:
N/A

Contact Person:
Carmen Jordan

Phone Number:
501-682-4887

E-mail:
carmen.jordan@arkansas.gov

For the past two years, the Arkansas Public School Computer Network (APSCN) has sponsored a pilot project using SunGard Pentamationís Teacher Access Center (TAC) and Home Access Center (HAC) in a limited number of districts. TAC and HAC are web-based and integrate with SunGard Pentamationís StudentPlus software that is currently provided and supported by APSCN.

TAC provides teachers with a software tool for recording attendance, managing grades and assignments, accessing student demographics, and communicating with parents. TAC is accessed through a web browser and directly interfaces with StudentPlus in real time without the need for file transfers.

HAC provides parents and guardians with access to a web portal in order to see a childís attendance record, assigned class work, discipline records, progress reports, etc. HAC provides email links so parents can easily communicate with teachers.

The districts that participated in the initial pilot have worked through several complications, technical difficulties, and software bugs that have facilitated the project. APSCN has determined that the project is now ready to be expanded to other interested districts.

Only a limited number of districts will be selected in the expansion of this program. Carmen Jordan, APSCN Assistant Director for Student Applications, sent an email to the SMS listserv on January 7 asking districts to respond if interested in participating in the project. The districts that replied, along with any other districts interested in participating in the project, must complete the attached form and return it to the address listed no later than February 20, 2009. All the requested information must be filled in completely and accurately.

Once the forms are reviewed and compiled, a notification will be sent to the selected districts and a list of the selected districts will be posted on the SMS listserv.

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